Mathew Barzal has been invited to Canada's World Juniors selection camp in Blainville, Quebec, on Dec. 10-14, according to Jason Brough of NBC Sports.
Barzal was on Canada's National Junior Team for last year's World Juniors, and registered three points on two goals and an assist in Canada's five games before being eliminated by Finland in the quarterfinals.
Canada will host the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship for the 12th time this year. The tournament will feature 31 games between 10 nations.
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Barzal had an impressive 2016 training camp with the Islanders, collecting four points in six games and making the initial 23-man roster, along with fellow youngster Anthony Beauvillier.
Barzal, however, would not get the same treatment that his counterpart did, appearing in only two games before being sent back to Seattle of the WHL to complete his fourth and final season of junior hockey as a Thunderbird. Next year, he is eligible to play in the AHL as a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers should he fail to crack the opening night lineup.
Much to his credit, Barzal has not sulked, complained or whined about his situation. He simply got on a plane and started playing hockey. Since he made his way back west to reclaim his captaincy, he has put up 11 points on a goal and 10 assists in just eight games.
The tremendous honor of being invited to Canada's world junior camp is something to look forward to as the calendar winds down on 2016. There is tons of talent going into this camp and serious competition for roster spots. That will only push Barzal to be that much better than his counterparts.
As he told SNY over the summer, "I don't shy away when the lights get bright. I relish it."